Today's News

  • Campbell County misses Poteet's scoring punch

    Campbell County got two wins last week with senior guard Chris Poteet sitting on the bench.

    However, against a talented Oak Ridge High basketball team, the Cougars failed to survive without their best outside shooter in the lineup.

    Taking advantage of Poteet’s sprained ankle, the Wildcats employed a zone defense Saturday night that smothered the Cougars’ inside game and held Campbell County 27 points below its season average.

    Oak Ridge escaped the Cougar Den with a 48-39 victory and took the district lead by half a game.

  • CCHS basketball teams sweep Highlanders

    Class size didn’t keep Scott High from being a tough opponent Monday night for Campbell County’s varsity basketball teams.

    The Class AAA Cougars defeated the Class AA Highlanders in both girl’s and boy’s games at John R.W. Brown Gymnasium.

    But it was never easy.

    Diminutive Scott point guard Kate Lowe hung 28 points and five treys on the Lady Cougars in the girl’s game. The junior sharpshooter scored 15 points in the first half alone.

  • County champs crowned

    Eleven schools, five days and 24 games.

    When the Campbell County Basketball Tournament concluded late Saturday afternoon at Jacksboro Middle, four champions had been crowned in each of the elementary and middle school divisions.

    LaFollette Elementary, Jacksboro Middle and the Christian Academy of Campbell County each boasted two tournament titles while Elk Valley and Wynn got one apiece.

    Jacksboro, LaFollette and Caryville finished first, second and third—respectively—in the elementary cheerleading competition.

  • Panthers turn tables on Cougars

    It’s been only four weeks since the basketball teams last met, but the Cumberland Gap boys have made a complete turnaround from their 26-point defeat on Nov. 18 at Campbell County High.

    The Panthers pounced on the Cougars, 25-21, at halftime of Tuesday night’s game and didn’t let up in the second half. The result was a 62-60 Cumberland Gap victory that avenged the earlier loss and improved the Panthers’ record to 8-4 overall heading into the Christmas break.

    Campbell County dropped to 6-3 overall with losses in two of its last three games.

  • Lady Owls drop district game to Norris

    The LaFollette Middle School girl’s varsity basketball team dropped a 37-31 decision Thursday night to visiting Norris.

    Kaitlyn Cupples scored 13 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Lady Senators, who remain unbeaten this season.

    LaFollette was led by Samantha Leach, who scored 11 points. Rachel Harris chipped in six points, followed by Chelsea King with five, Cheyenne Powers four, Niki Ward three and Emily Byrge two each.

    The game was tied 12-12 at halftime, but the Lady Owls took a 20-18 lead into the final six minutes.

  • Stranded missionaries slated to return home


    Some believe coming home again is the hardest thing to do.

    That has certainly proved true for seven church missionaries who found themselves stranded in Thailand due to political upheaval last week.

    The missionary group from First Baptist Church of Jacksboro (FBCJ) consists of Rev. Bill Morris, Marc and Paula LeJeune, Ben and Renee Bennett, Brian Tanis and Delynn Boshears.

  • Arrest made in Love murder case


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    For the family of Jayne Love, the pieces of her final moments have started to fall into place.

    Last Wednesday the two men officials believe bear responsibility for her death were arrested.

    Russell Leon Pack, 37, and his brother Phillip M. Pack, 23, were arrested on a sealed indictment for second-degree murder in the case.

    The indictment was handed down at the beginning of the month by the grand jury.

  • When it rains it pours- Toys from heaven



    The frosty Saturday morning air brought people close together for the annual Toys from Heaven event hosted by Faithway Assembly in LaFollette.

    Faithway Assembly members raised money through fundraisers to buy toys for 165 local children.

    As children and adults gathered outside the double glass doors of the church each child was given a balloon to release. The colorful balloons represented the children present and those who would be without a Christmas.

  • Debate on new justice center continues



    To build or not to build- that remains the question for Campbell County officials who continue to debate the possible construction of justice center.

    While the project has been halted and restarted several times, it is currently at a standstill. This is despite a meeting with the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) held Tuesday afternoon.

  • Group planning Best of Times III



    It may be over a year away but plans are in the works for the Best of Times 2010.

    “We are really excited about it,” said Gail Stout Herrin one of the event’s organizers.

    What began in 1998 as a dream to have a large scale class reunion has been realized and relived every five years for graduates of LaFollette High School (LHS).

    The first Best of Times was held in 2000. “It went so well we all decided to do it again,” Herrin said.